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How common is Merkel cell carcinoma?

Merkel cell carcinoma is a pretty rare type of skin cancer. In the United States, about 1,200 cases of Merkel cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year. This number is increasing every year. Merkel cell carcinoma is most common among Caucasian people over the age of 50. Only about 5% of the cases occur in people under 50 years old.

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